Third ‘Big Politics’ event discusses energy and environment of Los Angeles

Carl Robinette

Correction: Broadcaster Kevin James and current LA City Controller, Wendy Greuel will not be at Big Politics.

Energy and environment in Los Angeles will be the topics of discussion at the third and last  Big Politics, an A.S-sponsored series, in the USU Grand Salon Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The discussion is an extension of “Talking About Los Angeles,” a series of six conversations with LA mayoral candidates designed to raise awareness among voters for the 2013 elections held in March.

“The Valley is an incredible part of Los Angeles with unique needs and demands.” said Sean Rossall, spokesperson for Talking About Los Angeles. “It’s a critical constituency.”

Speakers will include candidates Councilwoman Jan Perry, broadcaster Kevin James and Wendy Greuel, current LA City Controller.

One of the major goals of the discussion is to involve college students in one of the most important mayoral elections in the country, Rossall said.

Eric Garcetti, also a mayoral candidate and current City Council member is not scheduled to attend.

The forum will be a discussion format for candidates to share thoughts and concerns about the city’s traffic, public safety, education and many other topics.

“Our real hope is that we can get students out to hear what drives the candidates,” Rossall said.  “It’s really designed to let students have a voice.”

The first two installments in the Big Politics series have seen low audience turn-out, with less than half of the seats filled in the second round table discussion which featured state level political topics.

The first of the series was a congressional Town Hall debate between the four leading candidates for the 30th Congressional District seat.  The debate focused on federal politics.